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Archive - Jan 2012

January 27th

YMCA trucking along despite winter weather

January 28, 2012

Despite increasing difficulty with staying physically active due to constraints associated with winter conditions, the Ridgway YMCA continues to make leaps and bounds.
"This time of the year it is hard to stay active due to our winter conditions," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "There is no better way than to come and swim in our 86-degree pool. For more than 100 years the YMCA has been teaching people to swim."

Cheer Xplosion squad continues to excel

January 28, 2012

The Cheer Xplosion competition cheerleading squad has been a part of the Ridgway YMCA since 2001.
"Our caring and understanding coaches have made this program a success," said Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA. "Each year between 45 and 60 girls dedicate themselves to representing the Ridgway YMCA at competitions throughout Pennsylvania and New York.
"Through the years our mini squad has become our junior squad and then onto our senior squad."

YMCA continues to serve childcare needs

January 28, 2012

With inconsistent and differing schedules plaguing families across the country, the Ridgway YMCA steps up to the play with their childcare center which is "home for many children" every day.
"We offer a complete before school, after school and all day child care program," said Shawna Steger, childcare director. "We take pride in being able to offer our children a complete preschool curriculum.
"It is important that we provide them with the tools that they will need to get them ready for kindergarten."

Teen BodyPump class a treat at YMCA

January 28, 2012

The Ridgway YMCA has another new program with the addition of the teen BodyPump program.
Chris Gilmore is a certified instructor for Les Mills BodyPump.
"BodyPump is an original barbell class that strengthens your entire body," Gilmore said.
When it was brought to YMCA officials' attention that there was a need for a teen fitness class, Gilmore offered to teach a scaled down version of her original class, according to Mary Lynne Bellotti, executive director of the Ridgway YMCA.

Rams rout Crusaders

January 28, 2012

ST. MARYS – The Elk County Catholic Crusader boys' basketball squad faced off against the Johnsonburg Rams for the third time this season Friday evening, and for the third time they came away with a loss. Unlike their three-point loss in the opening-round contest of the Elk County Boys' Basketball Holiday Tournament, though, the Rams outplayed the Crusaders on Friday, outscoring them 45-23 over the final three quarters to take a 58-36 victory.

ECC clinches AML North Division in rout over Johnsonburg

January 28, 2012

JOHNSONBURG – In a tale of two halves Friday night, Elk County Catholic (13-2) pulled off a double-whammy by clinching the Allegheny Mountain League [AML] North Division and halting a 7-game winning streak by Johnsonburg (9-6) with a 52-29 road win.
The Lady Crusaders were fueled by Kristy Hanes' double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, including seven straight points in 34 seconds in the fourth quarter that put the game away for good. Hanes scored 11 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter during a 2-minute stretch to secure the game.

Lady Elkers fall to DCC

January 28, 2012

In a game full of long runs, DuBois Central Catholic held the Elkers scoreless for over 13 minutes in the second and third quarters during a stretch which saw the Lady Cardinals pull away in a 53-21 win over Ridgway in an AML South girls basketball game Friday night at Ridgway Area High School.

January 26th

Site to benefit county planners

January 27, 2012

Officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission [NCPRPDC] have for the past several months been working to develop a new web-based planning and asset management tool.

WCO weighs pros, cons of Shale industry's effect on environment

January 27, 2012

With a November 2011 bentonite spill in Johnsonburg's Silver Creek highlighting the potential environmental hazards posed by Marcellus Shale activity, Wildlife Conservation Officer Tom McMann of the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) spoke at January's meeting of the Elk County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs about the environmental effects of Marcellus Shale activity on Elk County's wilds and wildlife. In an interview Tuesday, McMann discussed further the pros and cons the industry poses to animal habitats and aquatic resources, as well as what he has seen of both in Elk County so far.

DA seeking death penalty

January 27, 2012

BROOKVILLE — As the penalty phase for Steven P. Rebert began Thursday — two days after he was found guilty of killing Wayne and Victoria Shugar, both 61, in their Coal Tipple Road residence in April 2010 — District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett reminded the jury that it’s not all about whether it sends Rebert to prison for the rest of his life, or it sentences him to death.
The phase during which the jury explored Rebert’s innocence or guilt is over: The jury found him guilty of killing the Shugars, Burkett said, “and now, it’s not just about Steven Rebert anymore.

Ridgway volleyball used strong serving to take a 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-17) victory over Brockway...
Ridgway boys golf won 187-233 over St. Marys this afternoon as the Elkers honored their seniors....
A three-match losing streak came to an end for Ridgway boys soccer as the Elkers defeated...